The football careers of Indianapolis cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Darius Butler didn’t officially intersect until Sept. 25.
By then, Davis already had a 15-tackle head start.
Acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, Davis enjoyed the luxury of getting to know new teammates and a new system in the days leading up to the team’s Sept. 9 opener at Chicago. Indy plucked Butler off the waiver wire two days after the embarrassing Week 3 home loss to woeful Jacksonville.
The Colts are Butler’s third team
in four seasons. Davis is on franchise No. 2 in this, his fourth year.
It’s an experiment that could have blown up in the face of general manager Ryan Grigson, pairing two physically gifted — albeit it rumored-to-be underachieving — athletes in the Colts’ defensive secondary.